Learning to Become an Effective Team Leader
Learning to be an effective team leader involves an understanding of team dynamics, individual styles, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, achieving consensus and knowing decision making techniques.
In this session the Leadership Academy fellows explored vulnerability and how to break their traditional mental models thru particular tools and practices. One such tool is the Six Thinking Hats system designed by Edward de Bono. Six Thinking Hats is a tool for group discussion and individual thinking involving six colored hats which reflect six different modes of thinking:
Blue - Managing
What is the subject? What are we thinking about? What is the goal? Look at the big picture.
- White - Information
Considering purely what information is available. What are the facts?
- Red - Emotions
Intuitive or instinctive gut reactions or statements of emotional feeling
- Black - Discernment
Logic applied to identifying reasons to be cautious and conservative. Practical, realistic.
- Yellow - Optimistic response
Logic applied to identifying benefits, seeking harmony. Sees the brighter, sunny side of situations.
- Green - Creativity
Statements of provocation and investigation, seeing where a thought goes. Thinks creatively, outside the box.
The Leadership Academy fellows were provided with a situation and assigned their own "hat" to wear. They had to act out the personality of the hat a
nd to try to come to a group consensus on what to do with the assigned situation. It was a very eye opening experience for them.